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Distinguished Alumni Awards and Volunteer Award
From the Fall 2010 Caller

Every year the alumni association recognizes former Catlin Gabel students for their life work and accomplishments. Through their unique contributions, these alumni embody the school philosophy in “qualities of character, intelligence, responsibility, and purpose.” The 2009–10 honorees were recognized during Alumni Weekend at the celebration of leadership and service event, along with this year's winner of the Joey Day Pope '54 Volunteer Award.

Volunteer award recipient Bob Noyes (second from left) and distinguished alumni Rachel Cohen ’90, Sally Bachman ’75, and Henry Dick ’65

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

Henry Dick ’65, marine geologist
For his significant accomplishment as an earth scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
As a student Henry Dick was part of Catlin Gabel’s first soccer team that played year round, and he developed his passion for the sciences with guidance from teacher Lowell Herr. He received his BA in geology from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by an MPhil and PhD in geology from Yale University. Since 1976 he has worked at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Cape Cod as a researcher, teacher, scientist, and director exploring the earth’s lower crust and mantle. As Lowell noted while presenting this award, Henry is an impressive alumnus: a dedicated scientist discovering the core of the earth, and a person committed to the well-being of his community and the world.
Henry’s work in earth science includes research on the formation of the oceanic lithosphere and crustal evolution at ocean ridges. He has received numerous honors, notably Yale University’s Ford Mineralogy Prize, the Woods Hole W. Van Allen Clark Chair for Excellence in Oceanography, accomplishment-based renewal from the National Science Foundation, fellowships in the Geological Society of America and the American Geophysical Union, and standing as a highly cited researcher from the Institute for Scientific Information.
Henry lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Winifred, and has three children. In addition to his family he devotes his time to Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Cape Cod, receiving the President’s Award in 1986 and Big Brother of the Year in 1994.

Distinguished Alumni Service Award

Sally Bachman ’75, child labor advocate
For her extraordinary service exploring and explaining global events and trends, and her advocacy for social change
Award-winning journalist Sally Bachman writes for popular media as well as academic and policy-oriented audiences. She began writing about child labor in 1995, after a visit to Bangladesh where she saw firsthand the horrid conditions under which children were forced to work in clothing sweatshops. “The solution implemented must make a positive difference for the child, or what has been solved? I continue to report and write because we need to know who child workers are to know how best to help them,” she says.
Sally’s writing has appeared in publications that include the Los Angeles Times, Long Island Newsday, the Far Eastern Economic Review, and U.S. News & World Report. She has won awards and grants from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Overseas Press Association of America, and InterAction, the largest coalition of United States-based non-governmental relief agencies. Sally has taught at the University of California-Berkeley, and conducted research at Stanford and Santa Clara Universities. She received her undergraduate degree from Yale University, a certificate in Asian studies from the University of Hawaii, where she was a Gannett Fellow, and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she was a Knight- Bagehot Fellow.
Sally is co-director of the Child Labor & the Global Village: Photography for Social Change, a team of 11 photographers documenting child workers around the globe. By photographing individual children in their worlds, the team hopes to see behind the child labor label. She lives in San Mateo County, California, with her husband, Ray Wells.  

Distinguished Younger Alumni Award

Rachel Cohen ’90, global health advocate and humanitarian
For her work with Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières
Lifer Rachel Cohen has always been drawn to service in the developing world and tying that service to advocacy, speaking out for international policy change. Since 1999 she has been working for the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). She worked for four years in southern Africa as field coordinator and then head of mission in Lesotho, where she launched and oversaw an HIV/AIDS treatment program in a rural health district. Subsequently as head of mission in South Africa, she managed numerous medical programs that focused on treatment for HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, emergency care for survivors of sexual violence, and primary health care for Zimbabweans seeking refuge in South Africa. She now serves on the board of directors of MSF’s operational center in Brussels. Before working for MSF in the field, Rachel was the U.S. director for its Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines in New York, directing policy advocacy initiatives related to drug pricing, intellectual property, and medical innovation.
Rachel graduated from Bates College with a degree in women’s studies and a minor in Spanish. She recently completed a master’s in public policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Rachel lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her partner, Sharonann Lynch, and visits Portland as often as she can to see family and friends. Upon receiving her award, Rachel spoke of Catlin Gabel’s influence in her life: “I am so grateful to Catlin Gabel for inspiring in all of us who have been fortunate enough to go here an inquisitive, open, and critical mind and for challenging us to put our incredibly privileged education to good use wherever in the world we find ourselves.”  

Joey Day Pope ’54 Volunteer Award

In honor of the service of Joey Day Pope ’54, this award has been given each year since 1992 to a Catlin Gabel community member who personifies volunteerism within our community. The honoree should bring longevity of service to the school as well as enthusiasm and commitment, act as an ambassador of Catlin Gabel, provide the gift of talent, and have admirable qualities of character and responsibility.
2010 honoree: Robert H. Noyes
Bob Noyes’s dedication to Catlin Gabel goes back to 1966, when he chaired the school’s board of trustees and focused on fundraising and investments. He is an original member of the Catlin Gabel Foundation and as its president established the school’s first endowment. “Bob has been one of Catlin Gabel’s most instrumental volunteers,” said Henry Wessinger II ’72 in presenting the award. “He was a mentor and a visionary who thoughtfully guided this school to where it is today.”
Catlin Gabel’s endowment has grown at a healthy rate and continues to provide the school with stability. Bob’s vision continues to thrive as Catlin Gabel focuses on increasing endowment to ensure long-term financial security.
Bob was born in Portland and educated at Williams College and Yale University. During his career he owned and managed various companies, the largest of which was Norwest Publishing Company. He has been an active community volunteer in Portland, serving on boards such as the Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, Outward Bound, Reed College, and Catlin Gabel. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and tennis while traveling all over the world. He lives in Portland with his beloved wife, Libby Cronin Noyes.